Beseler 23CII focus issue

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  1. rmforney

    rmforney TPF Noob!

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    Hey all, first post. I recently bought an old 23CII. I bought a new lamp and retrieved an old neg from my college days and loaded it in the enlarger. The problem is that the image is incredible blurry. I have the top adjustment set for 35mm and have a 50mm lens on the board. When I have the enlarger height set all the way up to fit about an 8x10 print, i can't make out the image at all. The focusing nob doesn't help at all. The only thing I can think of is that I don't have the condenser assembly put together correctly (it was disassembled when I got it and I may have messed it up.) Anyone have any ideas of what is going on?

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    Where did you put the negative?
     
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    Open the aperture of the lens.

    Get a focus magnifier.

    Check the wattage of the lamp.

    Are there any filters on the filter tray?

    Is the negative grossly over-exposed?
     

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